After Effects Plug-ins Tutorial

Fake Stop Motion Free Preset and Tutorial for After Effects

The Waenderer has a free new preset and tutorial to create a fake stop motion effect. How does it replicate a realistic stop motion effect? This preset fakes light inconsistencies and camera instability, as well as adding moving dirt or dust.

The preset comes with 2 versions and works in After Effects CC 2017 and up.

Download the preset here

This one comes to us via Lester Banks. Thanks, Lester Banks!

More about Stop Motion

Tutorial: The Fastest Way to Accomplish Stop Motion in After Effects – This is a short tutorial explaining how to get that timeless stop motion look using the free QHQ Stop Motion Kit preset from Quba HQ.

Adobe After Effects CC
Adobe After Effects CC

There’s nothing you can’t create with After Effects.

Create cinematic movie titles, intros, and transitions. Remove an object from a clip. Start a fire or make it rain. Animate a logo or character. With After Effects, the industry-standard motion graphics and visual effects software, you can take any idea and make it move.

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Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe Creative Cloud

Creativity for all.

Adobe Creative Cloud gives you the world’s best creative apps and services so you can make anything you can imagine, wherever you’re inspired.

Creative Cloud is a collection of 20+ desktop and mobile apps and services for photography, design, video, web, UX, and more. Now you can take your ideas to new places with Photoshop on the iPad, draw and paint with Fresco, and design for 3D and AR. Join our global creative community — and make something better together.

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After Effects Plug-ins

Free Thiic Stroke After Effects Plug-in from Plugin Everything

Plugin Everything is giving away Thicc Stroke, a variable-width stroke plugin for After Effects CS6 and up.

Make fat A$$ curves and gradient-along-paths with this powerful and infinitely customizable tool.

Features of Thiic Stroke

  • Works on masks and shapes
  • Infinite width control points using feather vertex tool
  • Butt / Round cap styles
  • 2,3,4 color gradients with loopable colors
  • Full trim path controls
  • Trim paths optionally influence width and/or color

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Other Tools from Plugin Everything

Plugin Everything Deep Glow
Plugin Everything Deep Glow

Deep Glow generates a beautiful, physically accurate glow. You’ll never want to touch After Effect’s default glow again.

Deep Glow gives you the best looking glow right out of the box, even whilst working in a non-linear color space. It features intuitive compositing controls to assist in refining your glow results. Deep Glow is also GPU accelerated for speed and features handy downsampling and quality controls which can also be leveraged to achieve unique results (grainy or stylized glows).

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Plugin Everything OCD Renamer
Plugin Everything OCD Renamer

Automatically rename layers based on effects, mattes, parents, or children.
OCD renamer intelligently renames layers based on customizable settings. You can rename layers based on effects, children based on parents, parents based on children, mattes based on which type of matte they are, and which layer is matted to them.

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Boris FX Virtual NAB Livestream + NAB Sales

Boris FX NAB Sale

50% Off Perpetual License, 25% Off Annual Subscription.
Limited time offer.

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The Boris FX Virtual NAB Livestream started yesterday. Watch it streaming each day on YouTube on the Boris FX YouTube Channel. There’s a chat going along with the livestream so you can ask questions or comment. They’re showing walkthroughs of products and some incredible projects that use Boris FX tools. Their product line includes Continuum, Sapphire, Mocha Pro, and Silhouette, including the new Silhouette Paint, announced last week.

mocha 2020Boris FX Mocha Pro 2020

The Academy Award-winning planar tracking toolset

Mocha Pro 2020 is here! In short, Mocha is the world’s most recognized and powerful planar tracking tool for VFX and post-production. Mocha Pro features GPU-accelerated tracking and object removal, advanced masking with edge-snapping, stabilization, lens calibration, 3D camera solver, stereo 360/VR support, and more.

New in Mocha 2020

Now available on macOS, Windows, and Linux, and as a plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro & After Effects, Avid Media Composer & OFX hosts such as Flame, Nuke, Fusion, HitFilm, and VEGAS Pro.

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Sapphire 2020Sapphire 2020

Sapphire took #1 for the Favorite Video or Audio Plug-in Bundle in 2019 Toolfarm Top Ten. Learn more


Sapphire is the most in-demand, unequaled, work-horse plug-in suite for visual effects.

Toolfarm Top 10 2019Sapphire plug-ins let you create stunning organic looks unmatched by any host native effect tools. Key features include over 270 effects and 3000+ presets, a powerful Effect and Transition Builder, and integrated tracking and masking with the Academy Award-winning Mocha. Sapphire’s superior image quality, control, and render speed offer massive time-savings — allowing creatives to focus on what matters most, delivering an impact that keeps audiences coming back.

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Boris FX SilhouetteBoris FX Silhouette

Academy Award-winning Paint, Roto, and Compositing
Academy and Emmy Award-Winning VFX Tools. Boris FX Silhouette 2020 is here! Silhouette is a best-in-class, GPU-accelerated compositing application, delivering the industry’s most robust non-destructive paint and roto tools to feature film and visual effects teams. Since 2005, Silhouette has made its mark on Hollywood’s biggest films including Avatar, Black Panther, Avengers: End Game, and many more.
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After Effects Plug-ins Tutorial

Animating Charts, Graphics, and Data in After Effects

Charts can always be a challenge to animation but can keep your corporate audience engaged when done properly. It also helps to make your point. Below, we’ve collected some fantastic tutorials, as well as a few products, to make this tedious process a much easier task.

Featured image credit: mohamed_hassan

Animate a Multi-line Chart With After Effects

Here’s a great tutorial by Najib Khayati (Noble Kreative) about how to animate charts via LesterBanks. In addition, it requires no third-party plug-ins.

Now, animating one from scratch in AE is all good and fun but if you don’t have the time or the patience, here are a few ways to speed up the process.

Data-Driven Animated Charts with JSON in After Effects – Part 1: Linking Texts

With mamoworldJSON you can link any property in After Effects to a JSON file.  This makes frequently changing your text, colors or other properties simple. Select the property you want to change, click the connect button and mamoworldJSON will create a JSON file with those properties already linked to it. Whenever you update the data in the JSON file, the project updates itself automatically.

mamoworldJSON is Free, by the way.

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The series below is taught by Eric D. Kirk. You’ll learn the basics of mamoworldJSON quickly.

Data-Driven Animation with JSON in After Effects – Part 1: Linking Texts

See parts 2-5 at Toolfarm

Ebberts + Zucker NodeKit Tutorial

NodeKit is a complete system designed to create, layout, connect and animate node-based flow charts, infographics, and diagrams. Very simple, flexible and intuitive. Below, a tutorial to get you started.

Ebberts + Zucker NodeKit
Ebberts + Zucker NodeKit

NodeKit is a modular 2D tool for After Effects CC2018 that makes quick work of creating complex infographics. Using a multi-action script, NodeKit can be used to create an infinite array of designs that really communicate. Its strength lies in its simplicity, flexibility, and automation. There are no odd formats necessary to input data or info, just a straight up easy interface with almost no learning curve. NodeKit can handle anything from the simple stuff to complex interactions.


  • Built-in Text Generator
  • Works with imported images
  • Dozens of connection combinations
  • Automatic line trigger retiming
  • Lines stick to assigned nodes
  • Marker-based adjustments
  • Multi-build capabilities
  • Manual post-build control
  • Super stable

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